Mesembryanthemum is showy-flowered genus, a member of the icicle plant (Aizoaceae) family. It is made up of succulents native to Southern Africa The species are generally drought tolerant and are excellent plants for desert gardens. Mesembryanthemum species have dense yellow-green foliage that is made up of small, fleshy, and usually cylindrical leaves growing in opposite pairs on the stem. In spring small daisy-like flowers are borne in vivid shades of white, yellow, orange-red, and bright magenta, with the result that the spreading species form boldly-colored carpets of blooms. Although the flowering is often very brief, it is quite spectacular.